2(06) The Break
Live Stream Local Hip Hop Series
‘FOUNDERS’ | Ep. 1
Saturday, May 16, 2020, 7 pm-10 pm
2(06) The Break | Highlighting Pioneers in Local Hip Hop Culture:
- Set compositions by DJ U Moore and Vitamin D
- Conversation and Commentary between James D. Croone Sr., an original member of Emerald Street Boys, Seattle’s first hip hop group
Presented by Wa Na Wari and LANGSTON In celebration of Black Music MonthIn celebration of Black Music Month, Wa Na Wari and LANGSTON are partnering to present 2(06) The Break, a seven-episode series that takes a uniquely local ‘spin’ on the live streaming DJ sessions popularized by cultural icons like Questlove and DJ D-Nice via social media these past two months. Each week, Jazmyn Scott, Seattle hip hop supporter and co-curator of the 2015 Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop exhibit at MOHAI, will pair two Pacific Northwest hip hop DJs per episode to collaboratively program and record a set composed exclusively of songs by local hip hop artists of a specific era, from the 1980s to the present. Each DJ set will be presented in a live stream program hosted by two local hip hop luminaries who will bring their unique insight to the tracks in the program and the local culture and music scene of the era represented in the episode.
The series will begin on Saturday, May 16, 2020, and will conclude on Saturday, June 27, 2020. It will stream via a Zoom video broadcast. Episode details, including DJs and panelists, will be announced soon. Check wanawari.org/events.html for updates.
Episode 1 – Saturday May 16, 2020, 7pm-10pm
Episode 2 – Saturday May 23, 2020, 7pm-10pm
Episode 3 – Saturday May 30, 2020, 7pm-10pm
Episode 4 – Saturday June 6, 2020, 7pm-10pm
Episode 5 – Saturday June 13, 2020, 7pm-10pm
Episode 6 – Special Edition Commemorating Juneteenth
Friday June 19, 2020, 7pm-10pm
Episode 7 – Saturday June 27, 2020, 7pm-10pm
2(06) The Break taps into the cultural and technical zeitgeist of multiple eras and presentation genres. From radio DJs who play tracks interspersed with cultural commentary to party DJs who turn up the energy on for the weekend. From the intellectual and expert panel format that deconstructs and contextualizes the culture, to the talk show interview format where deep history is revealed by those who lived it. From the Black Radio where entire communities could come together virtually via the airwaves, to Black Twitter Trends and Black Instagram Live Feeds where disparate parts of the Black Diaspora gather to cohere and amplify our cultural voice. 2(06) The Break seamlessly brings these social and technological forms together in one package to highlight the brilliance of Black culture in the Pacific Northwest through the lens of hip hop music and history. In this moment of social distancing and quarantine, we are actively reimagining the ways Black cultural programming can be a balm for the deep sense of isolation so many in our community are feeling. 2(06) The Break taps into the best of Black cultural togetherness, past, and present, to make this happen.